Celebration of Meri Maati, Mera Desh campaign in Arunachal Pradesh

01 Sep 2023

The ‘Meri Maati, Mera Desh’ campaign, announced by our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in the run-up to Independence Day, represents a nationwide initiative intended to recognize India’s martyred brave hearts as well as commemorate the conclusion of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The campaign activities, which were initiated on August 9 have been a fitting ode to the countless warriors who sacrificed their lives for the country.

As the launch of “Meri Maati-Mera Desh” signalled the culmination of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, soil from every block of the nation have been collected to contribute towards the Amrit Vatika near the National War Memorial in New Delhi, which symbolises our unity in diversity. This symbolic display of solidarity is also a celebration of India’s soil and gallantry, paying honour to our warriors who gave their all for our country’s freedom.

The Prime Minister issued a clear directive to all government stakeholders, senior officers, and deputy commissioners: make the campaign a huge success. The campaign’s goal entails remembering our heroes every day, not just on certain days, so that their efforts remain unforgettable and their tales serve as inspiration for generations to follow.

In Arunachal Pradesh, a coordination meeting was held in the DC Conference Hall, Yupia, to discuss the modalities of observing the ‘Meri Maati, Mera Desh’ campaign. Followed by which, the campaign witnessed active participation by administrative officers, heads of departments (HODs), PRI leaders, officials, and the general public.

In line with the rest of the nation, the ‘Meri Maati Mera Desh’ campaign was launched at Itanagar in the Papum Pare district. The citizens of Papum Pare observed the compelling dedication of the Shilaphalakam memorial, recognizing the brave-hearts who selflessly laid down their lives—freedom fighters, military troops, CAPF, and State Police. They also took the “Panch Pran” pledge at the memorial, vowing to construct a self-sufficient India by 2047, defend our heritage, foster togetherness, and commemorate those who protect our nation.

The 77th Independence celebration of India was marked by the Amrit Sarovar Programme in the Namsai district. The Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Chowna Mein, celebrated the “Meri Maati, Mera Desh” campaign with the people of the 46th Chowkham Assembly constituency on August 13, 2023. He dedicated the Shilaphalakam at Chowkam-II in a moving tribute to the brave hearts who sacrificed their lives to protect the nation. The Deputy Chief Minister administered the ‘Panch Pran’ vow, an earnest pledge to uphold patriotism and serve the nation with sincerity and dedication in the presence of DC Namsai C. R. Khampa, SP Namsai Sangey Thinley, EAC Chongkham Rani Pérme, and PRI leaders.

Among the series of events marking the ‘Meri Maati Mera Desh’ campaign, a Mitti Yatra was also organised by the West Kameng District Administration. Various sub-divisions took part in the rally, carrying Kalash filled with soil from their respective areas.

On August 25th, soil samples from every block of Arunachal Pradesh were collected in Itanagar, to be transferred to Delhi for the instillation of the Amrit Vatika, by infusing the soil samples with those collected from every block of the nation.

Furthermore, Arunachal Pradesh has commemorated the grand opening of Shilaphalakams to honour our unsung heroes across the state. As part of Vasudha Vandan, the Panch Pran Pledge was administered, and 75 saplings were planted around the Amrit Sarovar.


The ‘Meri Maati, Mera Desh’ campaign serves as a great approach to remembering and recognizing the selflessness of India’s many valiant soldiers. Participation from the people of Arunachal Pradesh showcases that the catchphrase not only honors past heroes but also inspires future generations to serve the country selflessly. With the successful launch of Meri Maati, Mera Desh, the government seeks to build solidarity and resilience among every Indian and establish a self-sufficient India. Collectively, the whole nation pays respect to these heroes, and we must never forget their efforts and contributions to our nation’s freedom.


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